Disaster Recovery Assistance Information

Mackenzie County has been diligently working with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency through their Community Recovery Services department in order to coordinate assistance to residents affected by the flood.

Mackenzie County has applied for assistance under the Disaster Recovery Program and if our municipal application is approved, affected residents can make their own application for financial assistance.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

If you have any questions please contact the County at 780.927.3718 between 8:15 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, or visit www.alberta.ca/disaster-recovery-programs.aspx

 

Timeline of Events

April 23, 2020 - 10:50 a.m.

Mackenzie County issued a Peace River ice jam watch.  The Peace River from Sunny Valley to Fort Vermilion is currently on Ice Jam Watch.  In order to protect our residents, there will be no camping or viewing permitted at Atlas Landing.  Barricades have been placed and there will be no access to the landing.

The ice has started to move at Tompkins Landing at 9:20 a.m. , the ice run is expected to reach Fort Vermilion within the next 24 hours.

The location and occurrence of ice jams, and possible associated flooding, are unpredictable.  Mackenzie County and Alberta Environment and Parks will continue to monitor the ice cover and water levels.

For more information please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca/ or call 310-0000. 

April 23, 2020 - 3:45 p.m.

Mackenzie County declared a State of Local Emergency at 2:45 p.m. due to the risk of flooding.

The ice run is expected to reach Fort Vermilion within the next 24 hours.

An evacuation alert is issued for residents located in low lying areas including North Vermilion (Buttertown) and Fort Vermilion.

The evacuation alert is simply a notification to allow you time to prepare for potential evacuation.  You are not required to evacuate at this time.  If an evacuation order is ussed, you will be given notice beforehand via Alberta Emergency Alert and door to door notification.

We advise residents to begin preparations to evacuate (fuelling vehicles, gathering documents, preparing food and water, etc.)

If an evacuation order is issued be sure to bring medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal items, pets, and identification.

If you voluntarily evacuate, please register by calling 780.927.3718.

For all inquires, please contact the Mackenzie County Incident Command Post at 780.927.3718.

Remember to follow the recommentdations and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta to limit the spread of COVID-19

For additional information listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page. 

April 24, 2020 - 9:36 a.m.

The Peace River Ice Jam Watch was upgraded to the Peace River Ice Jam Warning.  According to our most recent updates; the ice is jammed approximately 100 km from Fort Vermilion, and the ice jam is 86 km long.

The alert for potential evacuation is still in effect for the low lying areas in Fort Vermilion and surrounding area.

North Vermilion (Buttertown) residents living along the Peace River were evacuated yesterday as a precautionary measure.

As the ice cover on the Peace River breaks up dynamically, the ice runs and ice jams are causing floods along the lower reaches of the Peace River.  Sunny Valley, Kulyna Flats, Carcajou, and Tompkins Landing have been impacted by floodwaters.

Mackenzie County and Alberta Environment and Parks are monitoring the situation.

For the most current highway information, follow Alberta511.

For views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca 

April 24, 2020 - 8:00 p.m.

A voluntary evacuation is in effect for residents located in the hamlet of Fort Vermilion that reside east of 50th street, north of the Golf Course, River Road, and Boreal Housing.

This voluntary evacuation is only for the residents located in the voluntary evacuation area.

We need all voluntary evacuees to call the Incident Command Post at 780.927.3718.  It is important to call the Incident Command Post if you are leaving, this ensures that our resources are not wasted trying to evacuate vacant homes.

Once a mandatory evacuation is issued you will be required to leave and will not be allowed to return.

If a mandatory evacuation is issued, you will be gvien notice beforehand via Alberta Emergency Alert and door to door notification.  If the situation worsens, you could be evacuated through the night.

If you choose to evacuate, bring medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal items, pets, and identification.

Remember to follow the recommendations and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page. 

April 24, 2020 - 10:00 p.m.

Water Supply Shortage Advisory

The Peace River Ice Jam flooding has caused a disruption in water supply for the hamlet of La Crete.

The raw and treated water truck fill station in the hamlet of La Crete and the Buffalo Head Prairie truck fill station are CLOSED until further notice.

Water usage in the hamlet of La Crete is restricted to essential use only.

1.  Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when required and with full load.
2.  Don't let the tap run unnecessarily.  This includes turning off the tap when brushing teeth, shaving and washing hands or face.
3.  Limit showering to five minutes or shorter.

In times of water shortage, the treated water from your tap is as safe to drink as usual.

The Fort Vermilion rural truck fill station located at SE 14-108-13-W5M (Range Road 131), south of Fort Vermilion is open for treated water.

For updates, please call Mackenzie County at 780.927.3718 or follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page.

April 25, 2020 - 10:15 a.m.

According to our most recent updates; the ice jam in place through Carcajou and Tompkins Landing pushed downstream in the morning of April 24.  The toe (front) of the ice jam was located by observation flight approximately 75 km upstream of Fort Vermilion.  The ice jam was 42 km in length, with a further 15 km of ice run approaching slowly from upstream.  The head (back) of the ice jam was 21 km downstream of Tompkins Landing.

As of the evening of April 24, water leverls are still being affected by the ice jam downstream, and remain high.  Flooding is ongoing at Tompkins Landing.

The voluntary evacuation for the residents of Fort Vermilion that live in low lying areas remains in effect.  The evacuation for North Vermilion (Buttertown) remains in effect.

We would like to remind all residents and travellers; DO NOT stop on River Road in Fort Vermilion or the Peace River bridge crossing.  Public safety is our first priority.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and will be providing updates if there are any road closures.  Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Remember to follow the recommendation and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta to limit the spread of COVID-19.

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page.

For views of the river map, please click on the link https://rivers.alberta.ca

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780.927.3718

April 25, 2020 - 11:20 a.m.

Water Supply Shortage Update

The Peace River Ice Jam flooding has caused a disruption in water supply for the hamlet of La Crete.

The raw and treated water truck fill station in the hamlet of La Crete and the Buffalo Head Prairie truck fill station are closed until further notice.

The Fort Vermilion rural truck fill station located at SE 14-108-13-W5M (Range Road 131), south of Fort Vermilion is open for treated water.

Directions to the Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill Station:
Travel north on Highway 697; turn right (east) on Highway 88 towards Fort Vermilion.  Stay on 88 past the Fort Vermilion sign and turn right (south) (Range Road 131/Fosters Road) at the first inspection.  There is a truck fill sign along the 88, pointing towards the truck fill station.

For updates, please call Mackenzie County at 780.927.3718 or follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page.

 Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill FINAL 

April 25, 2020 - 8:20 p.m.

The Ice Jam located near Atlas Landing (76 km upstream of Fort Vermilion) remains unchanged.  Water levels are still being affected by the ice jame downstream, and remain high.  Flooding is ongoing at Tompkins Landing.

The voluntary evacuation for the residents of Fort Vermilion that live in low lying areas is still in effect.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and will be providing updates if there are any road closures.  Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Mackenzie County and Alberta Environment and Parks continues to monitor the situation.

The views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page.

April 26, 2020 - 3:45 p.m.

The Ice Jam located near Atlas Landing (76 km upstream of Fort Vermilion) remains in the same place.  The ice jam is approximately 50 km in length.  Water levels are still being affected by the ice jam downstream, and remain high.  Flooding is ongoing at Tompkins Landing and Atlas Landing.

The voluntary evacuation for the residents of Fort Vermilion that live in low lying areas is still in effect.  The mandatory evacuation for the residents of North Vermilion (Buttertown) is still in effect.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and will be providing updates if there are any road closures.  Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Mackenzie County and Alberta Environmnent and Parks continues to monitor the situation.

For views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page.

April 26, 2020 - 9:00 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation is in effect for the residents within the hamlet of Fort Vermilion that reside east of 50th street, north of the Golf Course, River Road, and Boreal Housing.

Emergency crews will be going door to door to notify residents.  Buses will be provided for those without transportation.

Bring your medication, blankets, sleeping bags, personal items, and supplies for kids and pets.

ALL AFFECTED RESIDENTS MUST REPORT AND REGISTER AT THE RECEPTION CENTRE BY CALLING 780.927.3718.

Remember to follow the recommendations and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and will be providing updates if there are any road closures.  Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page.

 Mandatory Evac Aerial Map

April 26, 2020 - 9:35 p.m.

Potential Road Closure on the Highway 88 Peace River Bridge Crossing

The Peace River water levels are rising at the Highway 88 Peace River Bridge Crossing.  The water is expected to breach the causeway, those who need to cross are encouraged to do so immediately.

Please use caution when crossing.

Alberta 511 is the most current regarding the highway status.

April 26, 2020 - 11:30 p.m.

Water Supply Shortage Advisory Update

The Peace River Ice Jam flooding has caused a disruption in water supply for the hamlet of La Crete.

The raw and treated water truck fill station in the hamlet of La Crete and the Buffalo Head Prairie truck fill station are closed until further notice.

Water is currently being hauled from the Fort Vermilion distribution line in order to meet demands within the hamlet of La Crete.

WATER USAGE IS RESTRICTED TO ESSENTIAL USE ONLY.

1. Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when required and with full load.
2. Don't let the tap run unnecessarily.  This includees turning off the tap when brushing teeth, shaving and washing hands or face.
3. Limit showering to five minutes or shorter.
4. No commercial or personal wash bays are to be used.

In times of water shortage, the treated water from your tap is as safe to drink as usual.

The Fort Vermilion Water Treatment Plant Truck Fill is inaccessible as it is located within the mandatory evacuation area.  The Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill is open at this time.

For updates, please call Mackenzie County at 780.927.3718 or follow the Mackenzie County Facebook page.

April 27, 2020 - 9:50 am

The Peace River has breached the banks of Fort Vermilion and North Vermilion (Buttertown).  Water levels continue to rise and we have received reports that flooding is starting to occur in low lying areas.

The mandatory evacuation for the residents of Fort Vermilion that live in low lying areas is still in effect.  The mandatory evacuation for the residents of North Vermilion (Buttertown) is still in effect.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and the Highway 88 Peace River Bridge is CLOSED.  Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.

Mackenzie County and Alberta Environment and Parks continues to monitor the situation.

For views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County's Facebook page.

April 27, 2020 - 10:50 am

Water Supply Shortage Advisory Update

PLEASE RESTRICT YOUR WATER USAGE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.

Mackenzie County is in the state of local emergency, our water treatment plants are unable to keep up with the demand due to complications from the flooding of the Peace River.

We are in a disaster situation and we must conserve our water for the duration of this event.

If you don't restrict your use, we will be requierd to order a boil water advisory.

Do not use water for anything other than essential use; drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene.

April 27, 2020 - 7:15 pm

The Peace River has breached the banks of Fort Vermilion and North Vermilion (Buttertown). Water levels continue to rise and flooding is occuring in low lying areas.

The Ice Jam Warning in place for the Lower Peace River has been extended to include communities downstream of Fort Vermilion to Wood Buffalo National Park.

The ice jam in place near Atlas Landing (75 km upstream of Fort Vermilion) pushed downstream in the evening of April 26. By 0:00 MST, ice started running through Fort Vermilion. As of 10:10 MST, the ice has jammed just downstream of Beaver Ranch (km 876). Ice is still moving in Fort Vermilion (km 832). The upstream edge of the advancing ice is near the highway bridge to Fort Vermilion (km 825), and the total length of the ice jam and advancing ice was 51 km as of 11:00 MST on April 27.

Water levels in Fort Vermilion rose rapidly in the morning of April 27. Extensive flooding is currently occurring in Beaver Ranch, North Vermilion, the Fort Vermilion Airport, and along the river in Fort Vermilion east of 50th street.

Water levels are expected to rise in Fort Vermilion as the ice that is still running jams. Water levels will remain high until the jam near Beaver Ranch releases. As the Peace River breaks up downstream of Fort Vermilion, flooding is expected in low lying communities along the banks, particularly Garden River.

The mandatory evacuation for the residents of Fort Vermilion that live in low lying areas is still in effect. The mandatory evacuation for the residents of North Vermilion (Buttertown) is still in effect.

Alberta Transportation is monitoring the causeway and the Highway 88 Peace River Bridge is CLOSED. Please follow Alberta 511 for the most current information.
Mackenzie County and Alberta Environment and Parks continues to monitor the situation.

For views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca

For updates listen to local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County’s Facebook page.

April 27, 2020 - 10:00 pm

A Boil Water Alert is Issued for Fort Vermilion

The drinking water for Fort Vermilion may be unsafe to drink or use, due to the Peace River Ice Jam flooding. The flooding has compromised the supply and treatment of the water supply for the hamlets of Fort Vermilion and La Crete. Water in La Crete is still safe for use, but the supply remains very limited.

The raw and treated water truck fill station in La Crete, the Buffalo Head Prairie and the Fort Vermilion hamlet and rural truck fill stations are closed until further notice. We are in a disaster situation and we must conserve our water for the duration of this event. If you don’t restrict your use, we may be required to order a boil water advisory for La Crete as well.

Do not use water for anything other than essential use. In La Crete you may use water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. In Fort Vermilion, because of the Boil Water Alert, do not use the water for drinking or cooking unless you boiled it appropriately.

For more information on how to use water safely please visit https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/Boil-water-advisory-how-to-use-water-safely.aspx

April 28, 2020 - 11:30 am

Please restrict water usage for the next 24 hours in Fort Vermilion and La Crete.

The Fort Vermilion Water Treatment Plant can no longer treat water as it has been compromised by the flood. Currently, the La Crete Water Treatment Plant is sharing water supply with Fort Vermilion via the rural water distribution line.

The Boil Water Advisory remains in effect for Fort Vermilion ONLY due to the flooding that has occurred.

The water for La Crete is still safe for essential use only.

Water Treatment Operators are working around the clock to lift the water restrictions and to reopen the truck fill stations in the County within the next few days.

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780-927-3718.

April 28, 2020 - 8:30 pm

The water levels in Fort Vermilion are receding as the ice jam by Beaver Ranch released. We have just been informed by Alberta Environment and Parks that another jam further downstream. This may cause water levels in Fort Vermilion to rise again. The water levels are not stable and should not be trusted.

The mandatory evacuation order is still in effect. We understand that you want to see your homes but we will not risk your safety.

There is no assessment or confirmation on what has been lost or damaged in the flood at this time. The waters are still too high and it’s too dangerous to assess at this time.

Due to COVID 19, we will not be accepting any donations at this time.
Alberta Transportation is monitoring the situation at the causeway which is still closed. Alberta 511 has the most current information regarding highway status. The ferry is not in operation despite the 511 alternate route.

Remember to follow the recommendations and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta to limit the spread the COVID-19.

For views of the river map, please click on the link: https://rivers.alberta.ca
For all questions regarding the evacuations in Mackenzie County, please contact the Mackenzie County Incident Command Post at 780-927-3718 which is open 8am – 8pm daily.

For updates listen to the local community radio broadcast or follow Mackenzie County’s Facebook page.

April 29, 2020 - 8:45 am

Water Advisory Update

The La Crete Water Treatment Plant Truck Fill located at 9507-94th Avenue is open effective immediately. The Raw Water Truck Fill at the La Crete Water Treatment Plant remains closed.

The Buffalo Head Prairie Truck Fill has reopened.

The Fort Vermilion Water Treatment Plant Truck Fill and the Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill will remain closed until further notice.

The water restrictions in place in La Crete and Fort Vermilion is no longer in effect.

The Boil Water Advisory for Fort Vermilion is still in effect and will remain in effect until further notice.

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780-927-3718

April 29, 2020 - 10:00 am

Highway 88 Peace River Bridge Crossing Re-Opened

Alberta Transportation has re-opened the Highway 88 Peace River Bridge Crossing effective at 10:00 AM

https://511.alberta.ca/#:Alerts

April 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm

Message from the Reeve

I am happy to announce that the water levels in the Peace River have receded by 2.5 meters. The water levels upstream are dropping which indicated that the jam may have released. Water levels along the Peace River will remain high but it is unlikely that the river will spill over the bank again.

Mackenzie County has begun clean-up efforts, we are starting to remove ice from the road. At this time, we have no idea how much damage has occurred or how long clean-up efforts will take. There is no timeline for re-entry at this time. We will not allow re-entry to happen until we can guarantee your safety.

Many things have to happen before re-entry, essential services such as natural gas and power have to assess their infrastructure to ensure that there are no leaks or breaks. No local entry is permitted.

We understand that you want to return home, we are working tirelessly to get you in, as soon as possible. Relief efforts are in the works and you will be notified when plans are in place.

We are resilient, we are strong, and we will overcome this devastation. My heart goes out to all the evacuees, you are in my thoughts and in my prayers.

April 29, 2020 - 2:30 pm 

Fort Vermilion Sewage

Mackenzie County has received reports of sewer back-ups occurring in homes/businesses that are near the flood waters but have not been flooded. We are unable to properly drain the sewage due to the flooded lift stations in the hamlet.

Please be mindful of the amount of water you are draining and flushing.

If you experience sewer backups, please monitor the situation and remain patient.

The Water Treatment Plant operators are working to correct the issue but this will take some time. We are working towards a short term solution.

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780-927-3718

April 29, 2020 - 6:00 pm

Drone Footage taken on April 29, 2020

Clean up efforts in Fort Vermilion has begun today. As you can see, huge ice plates are spread throughout the community. Crews are working hard to push the heavy ice off of the roadways. This is the first step to recovery and the next step is Rapid Damage Assessment.

Rapid Damage Assessment is an external assessment of all buildings in the flood zone. All buildings must be inspected for structural integrity, power, natural gas, and environmental hazards. NO HOMES OR BUILDINGS WILL BE ENTERED. Residents will be the first to enter their homes after the assessments are complete. The assessments are expected to take days.

Once assessments are complete, we will have a better timeline for re-entry.

Click here to view the footage.

April 29, 2020 - 6:45 pm

The Government of Alberta has announced that evacuee assistance funding will be made available on Monday, May 4, 2020. Information on the application process can be found at https://www.alberta.ca/emergency.aspx

To receive your payment via Interac e-Transfer, you will also need a personal email address.

People unable to register electronically or receive an e-transfer should call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.

Evacuation assistance payments are only available to the evacuees that remain evacuated until Mackenzie County announces re-entry.

April 30, 2020 - 3:30 pm

Message from Councillor Cardinal, representative for Fort Vermilion.

Click here to view the video.

April 30, 2020 - 6:30 pm

Drone Footage was taken on April 30, 2020, at 11:00 AM

Clean up efforts are ongoing, the crews are making great progress.

Click here to view the footage.

May 1, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Peace River Flood Recovery

Mackenzie County is working diligently to get all residents to their homes as soon as possible.

Crews are currently cleaning internal roads, pumping has started in low lying areas, and are identifying sinkholes that are appearing. The sinkholes and roads MUST be inspected to ensure safety.

Water treatment plant operators are working on the Water Treatment Plant and are starting to flush lines. Water and sewer need to be operational prior to re-entry. The Boil Water Advisory for Fort Vermilion is still in effect and will remain in effect until further notice. The Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill remains closed.

Rapid Damage Assessment teams are on their second day of external (outside only) property assessments. They are ensuring the structural integrity of buildings. Once your home is assessed, a notice will be posted on the door with a sticker that categorizes the external damage.
• RED – You may not enter the building as it is deemed unsafe and unstable.
• YELLOW – You may enter the building with caution. There is some damage and it will need to be corrected.
• GREEN – You may enter the building, there are no apparent structural damage or safety hazards on the outside. A more comprehensive inspection may reveal safety hazards.
Once the assessments are complete, if your home or building received a red sticker, you will be called before re-entry.

Mackenzie County is hoping to initiate a phased re-entry back into Fort Vermilion. Some areas have sustained more damage than others and will require additional attention.

You will be provided with a re-entry package with all the information you will need to start home clean-up.

Please be aware that upon entering your home, there may be internal damage. You may be able to start cleaning but you may not be able to stay in your home.

We are looking at temporary housing but we have no details at this time. Please do not check out of your room until you have assessed the status of your home.

Samaritan’s Purse in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Services is responding to the flooding in the Fort Vermilion area to assist residents with home and property clean-up following re-entry as a free service. Volunteers can assist with pumping water, removing debris (flooded carpet, drywall, furniture, etc…). They will be arriving next week.

We understand that you need to get home, we are working as quickly as we can to get you back. We will not risk your safety or the safety of your family until all hazards are identified.

We thank you for your patience during this time.

May 3, 2020 - 10:30 am

Re-entry into Fort Vermilion TODAY

Re-entry is NOW permitted for the evacuees of Fort Vermilion today from 1:00PM – 7:00PM.

Re-entry packages will be given at the barricades. You will need to register at the barricades and show your wristbands. Additional information packages including cleaning instructions and cleaning kits provided by Red Cross are available at the tents.

This is a re-entry, not a re-occupation.

The water distribution line is now operable but Boil Water Advisory is still in place. No public washrooms are available for use due to COVID-19, and no food is provided today.

There are garbage bins and dumpsters available that are spread throughout the hamlet. The evacuated areas are open for local traffic ONLY. River Road is open for one way, single lane, eastbound traffic, you must enter from 50th or 45th street.

Once the County is formally accepted by the Government of Alberta Disaster Recovery Program, you will be able to make an individual claim for the personal expenses you have covered during the Peace River Flood event. Food and essentials will be reimbursed by the Government of Alberta Disaster Recovery Program. This information will be shared when we are approved.

Please respect the barricades, all markers, stakes, and pylons. These have been put in place for your safety.
Samaritan’s Purse in conjunction with Mennonite Disaster Service is responding to the flooding in the Fort Vermilion area to assist residents with home and property clean-up following re-entry. Volunteers can assist with pumping water, removing debris (flooded carpet, drywall, furniture, etc…).

These people are professionals and will help you identify and address the damage. They can mark high watermarks in your home, even if you want to do repairs and clean-up yourself. Beginning Sunday, May 3, residents who require assistance can call 1-866-628-6565 to receive support.

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780-927-3718

Click here for a copy of the Re-entry Package.

May 3, 2020 - 11:30 am

Fort Vermilion Water Update

The Fort Vermilion Rural Truck Fill is now OPEN in one truck fill lane. The rural water is not on the Boil Water Advisory and is being supplied from La Crete.

The Fort Vermilion Water Treatment Plant Truck Fill remains closed. The Boil Water Advisory for the hamlet of Fort Vermilion remains in effect until further notice.

For the residents that reside within Fort Vermilion, please continue to be mindful of the amount of water you are draining and flushing. This is due to the main lift station (sewage pump) not being fully operational.

For more information on how to use water safely please visit https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Alberta/Pages/Boil-water-advisory-how-to-use-water-safely.aspx

May 3, 2020 - 7:15 pm

Evacuation Orders to be Lifted

The evacuation order for the residents of Fort Vermilion, Buttertown, and Beaver Ranch will be lifted effective 8:00 AM on Monday, May 4, 2020.

Residents may return home if they choose, you may also stay in the accommodations that you have been provided. Once you check out of your room, you may not return.

Meals will be provided by the Salvation Army starting Monday, May 4, 2020, for evacuees and volunteers only. Pick up is in Fort Vermilion at the Fort Vermilion Community Cultural Complex. Wristbands are required.

Please use caution when walking; there are sinkholes throughout the community that are marked by ribbon, stakes, and spray paint. Please respect all the markers and pylons that have been placed. This is for your safety.

If you smell natural gas, please call Northern Lights Gas Co-op (NLGC) immediately. The NLGC gas utility operators will be inspecting their gas line over the coming days so if you are wary of your gas line you can call during regular hours.

All volunteers for tomorrow must register with Samaritan’s Purse and Mennonite Disaster Services as they are the volunteer coordination party. Please meet at 7:30 AM at the Hilltop Church or by calling 1-866-628-6565 or by using the following link: https://www.samaritanspurse.ca/northern-alberta-flood-respo

Going forward, please use the provided garbage bins/dumpsters for furniture and household garbage. Please leave your “white” goods (fridges, freezers, coolers, etc.), chemicals, and electronics on the curb for pick up. Crews will be picking them up throughout the day.

Mackenzie County Incident Command Post 780-927-3718

 

For more information contact the Mackenzie County Incident Command Post at 780.927.3718 or follow our Facebook Page at facebook.com/MackenzieCounty